Adamek: It wasn't the real me that lost to Vitali
JERSEY CITY - Today Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO's),discussed his upcoming heavyweight bout with Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KO's), and answered media questions. HIs fight is part of the exciting March 24th NBC Sports Network Fight Night show featuring Zab Judah vs. Vernon Paris, airing live 10PM on NBC Sports Network from the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Article posted on 09.03.2012
Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events
"Everybody knows we have a great, loaded card on March 24th. The fight will be on NBC Sports Network. We have a great, little venue in the Aviator, I wish we could have had a bigger venue but the availability of arenas dictated that this was our location. It's going to make for a great night I think everyone is going to be excited and thrilled to be there. We have so many good fights on the card. And we're blessed to also have in addition to the main event which will feature Zab Judah vs. Vernon Paris, and a co-feature with Sergei Liakhovich and Bryant Jennings; we are also able to provide this wonderful extra bout which normally would be a main event anywhere else, Tomasz Adamek who is going to be fighting Nagy Aguilera."
How were your expectations for the Klitschko fight and the reality of the fight different?
Tomasz Adamek: "Boxing is my life, sometimes you win, sometimes lose. Last time I lose. I am 35 years old but I'm still hungry fighter. I want to come back and show everyone that I can win this fight (Aguilera) and couple next (fights) and get again future title fights. Vitali is a different fighter than Nagy Aguilera. Nagy is my size. But every fight you learn something. I am quick now and I think I will be on March 24, but in Poland I was very slow, I was not true Tomasz Adamek."
Was there a conscious effort in training for this fight to get Tomasz up to 225-230, to build more muscle because you believe he needed to be bigger ?
Roger Bloodworth: "We didn't make an effort. What we did when he was at my house was we trained in the morning and we trained in the evening. The evening practice was gloves, mitts.Tomasz was fighting so often leading up to the Klitschko fight that I don't think that his body ever had the time to fill out. That was Tomasz's problem. I think this time he's going to be all right, cause he looks bigger to me and to me he looks quicker. His style has changed a bit. And I think it was a good thing for him, the rest let his body heal up, the weight came and came as muscle instead of fat. I'm happy with that."
What does it mean for NBC Sports Network to have Tomasz Adamek on this and the June broadcast?
Kathy Duva: They are very happy with the entire card and are working very hard to promote it. When we let them know that he was going to be available to fight that night (March 24), at that time they didn't really have time for three fights, they agreed to extend the time for that window so that his (Adamek's ) fight could be televised. We were very happy about that. They are also happy about being able to come to Newark in June and see him at Prudential Center which we anticipate will be full of people like it always is."
What do you see in Nagy that will benefit Tomasz?
Roger Bloodworth: "Nagy's got fast hands so Tomasz is going to have to be alert. Nagy can box when he wants to and he can punch a little when he wants to, and I think Nagy will bring both. I don't think it'd be good for Tomasz to be put in the ring with somebody that's just going to stand in one spot and let him get hit. Nagy won't do that."
Tomasz will you have your big, loyal fan base in Brooklyn and if not how will it affect you?
Tomasz Adamek: "I have a lot of friends and fans in the United States and I'm sure they're coming to watch my fight."
"I am happy I can come back to the ring. When I go into the ring I want to win fight. I don't know how, only that I am healthy and ready to fight. I am training with Roger very hard. I train mini camps in his home and we are here 6 weeks in NJ. I'm ready to fight."
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Tickets to the blockbuster triple-header, priced at $200, $100 and $75 and may be purchased by calling Main Events (973) 200-7050, Peltz Boxing (215) 765-0922, or online through www.peltzboxing.com. The non-televised undercard fights will begin at 7:30 p.m., the NBC Sports Network Fight Night broadcast will begin at 10 p.m. ET on Mar 24th.
The Aviator Sports and Events Center offers free parking. You can also take public transportation via the Q35 MTA bus from the Flatbush Avenue/Brooklyn College subway station.
NBC SPORTS NETWORK FIGHT NIGHT SCHEDULE (All Times ET)
Saturday March 24,10pm - Aviator Sports and Events Center, Brooklyn, NY
Friday, June 1, 9-11 pm - Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, PA
Saturday, June 16, 9-11 pm - Site TBA
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IN DEPTH WITH STEPHEN SIMMONS
Name: Stephen Simmons
Record: 3-0-0 (1)
Family background: Iím number two of four; two boys, two girls. My brother tried the boxing but found it too hard. I think I get it from my uncle Kenny who used to box for Scotland at middleweight. Iíve a five year old son Stephen and I live in Edinburgh with my fiancť Nicole
Trade: Iíve been a full time pro for 12 months and for three years before that I was full time on the GB amateur set-up in Sheffield. At weekends, I do the doors in Edinburgh for a wee bit of extra money till I get a title but I hate it....the abuse you get!
Nickname: It says: ĎSuper Steveí on my shorts but my mates all call me ĎSimboí
What age did you become interested in boxing and why? I was 12. I was a big lad for my age and always fighting at school or on the street. People tried it on but soon got a fright when I hit Ďem! Once the police started knocking our door my mum decided to get me into the sport. After a few months training, I had my first fight and absolutely loved it.
My mother or my uncle would get regular reports back from the school and, whenever I was Ďbadí, theyíd ban me from the gym for a few weeks which really annoyed me. It definitely worked and the boxing helped to get me through high school and pass all my exams.
What do you recall of your amateur career? I started and finished my career at the Leith Victoria amateur boxing club, coached by my uncle Kenny. I was there 14 years, starting as a nine stone 12 year old. I had about 115 bouts and won roughly 80. I never won any Scottish junior titles because there was never anyone else my weight but won three or four Scottish senior (ABA) titles. Several years I didnít bother as there was no one to fight me so Iíd go away on international duty instead.
Iíd say at least 80 of my fights were internationals. I went to three European Senior competitions, getting to the quarter finals in Liverpool in 2008, and two World Seniors, making the last 16 in Chicago and Milan. I won the 2006 Four Nations, got five international gold medals, four silvers and 13 bronze. However, Iíd say the highlight was competing at two Commonwealth Games tournaments in Melbourne (2006) and Delhi (2010). I loved being in a mixed sport environment, socializing with other athletes from the rougher sports like rugby, basketball and weightlifting.
Another highlight was defeating the Cuban Osmai Acosta Duarte at a multi-nations in Bulgaria, five months before he won the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics.
Although the traveling to Sheffield was a pain, being part of the GB set up was a great experience, especially after Kelvin Travis, then Richie Woodhall and Rob McCracken, got involved. My biggest rivals there, Danny Price and Tony Bellew, both beat me but I captained a GB squad on a tour to America that beat the US three times in three different States
Why did you decide to turn pro when you did? I always intended waiting till after the India Commonwealth Games. I won a bronze so my stock was high and I thought why wait another two years for the Olympics when there was no guarantee Iíd qualify?
Tell us about your back up team: Iím promoted by Frank Warren, who puts on the best shows, has the best fighters and gets the most title shots. He also made me the best offer and seemed a genuine guy who I could trust. Heís looked after me well so far.
I managed and trained by Billy Nelson who I worked with for a couple of years when I was amateur so we had a connection. I knew he had an established pro stable that had produced British, Commonwealth and world champions. He thinks similarly to my uncle and I trust Billy 100%. My uncle is still involved in my conditioning. Billy oversees the boxing stuff and my circuits.
I most enjoy sparring and pads, thatís where I most learn my trade. I least like hitting the bags. If youíre on too long, you take your eye off the ball, pick up bad habits.
Whatís your training schedule? Which parts do you most and least enjoy? I do weights three mornings a week and go to Billyís boxing gym in Stepps (Glasgow) five afternoons a week (Monday to Friday). I arrive at noon, then probably shadow box for 12-15 minutes, then do 10-12 rounds of punches; sparring if thereís someone there or bags and pads. Iíll do a 30minute circuit, a 20 minute skip , then some conditioning. I leave around 2.15 and go for a 30-50 minute run every evening.
Describe your style? What are your best qualities? Iím a box-fighter that likes to go forward and work off my jab; a lot compliment that. I can go back foot if I need but prefer to be in control. Iím not a one shot banger but Iíve the strength and power to wear opponents down until they canít cope.
What specifically do you need to work on to fully optimize your potential as a fighter? My punch ratio. Throwing more to the body and in combinations. Sometimes I work too much on the jab and need to improve my second and third phase, keeping on top of them.
What have you found to be the biggest difference between the pro and amateur codes? The pros is slower and you get to think more. Amateur boxing was always a bit of a rush - you had to get off the mark quick and score points - but, though I had a pro style, I needed to serve that amateur apprenticeship, learn my trade there.
Who is the best opponent that youíve shared a ring with? Probably the Russian Egor Mekhontsev who beat me in the quarter finals of the 2008 European Seniors in Liverpool. He had great technique, terrific hand speed and footwork. It was a privilege to share a ring with him. Whenever we met after, he always shook my hand and told me I gave him a hard fight. Heís since dropped to light-heavy and qualified for London 2012.
All time favourite fighter: Mike Tyson. An animal!
All time favourite fight: The Gatti-Ward fights.
Which current match would you most like to see made? Pacquiao and Mayweather. Iíd like Pacquiao to win. Heís a great technical fighter whoís been in some wars but itís 50-50.
What is your routine on fight day? Iíll be up around 9a.m and eat two big bowls of porridge then go for a walk with my iPod in and try to chill. After, I like to be about people, have a laugh to take my mind off the fight. I can get quite nervous, whoever Iím fighting, but thatís good. At the arena, if I can, I like to go inside the ring and get a feel for it. In the changing room, I do the pads for about 20 minutes and try to get focussed. Iím usually quite calm.
Entrance music: ĎLevelsí by Avicii
What are your ambitions as a boxer? Iíd like to be British cruiserweight champion by the end of this year then win all the other titles on route to a world championship. Iím in no rush, mind. Iíve another 10 years left in the game. I donít like to shout out other fighters but I believe I could beat (British champion) Shane McPhilbin now. Thatís how much self belief I have.
How do you relax? If I have any spare time which is rare, I go the cinema or for a meal with Nicole or a game of snooker with friends.
Football team: Probably Rangers but I prefer the English Premiership. I like Man U.
Read: I hate reading. Boxing News, sometimes.
Music: Dance music....Iím the worldís worst dancer, mind. I just like to nod my head!
Films/TV: I love scary films plus comedy and action. Iím also partial to the odd ĎChick Flickí! On TV, I like Corrie and Eastenders. I got dragged in by the missus and became hooked!
Aspiration in life: After winning a world title, to open up my own boxing and fitness gym to help out others.
Motto: Hakuna Matata (Donít worry!) from The Lion King.
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